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Commemorative Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County, Ohio

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Commemorative Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County, Ohio

Its Past and Present

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Table of Contents

Volume 1 and Volume 2 (starts about page 753)

Chapter I. Preamble — Boundaries — Topography — Ditches— Natural History — Geology

Chapter II. French Occupation — How and When they came — The Indian Tribes — Destruction and Eviction by the Bloodthirsty Iroquois League — Ohio almost an Uninhabited Wilderness — Why the French first located North of the Lakes — French at Detroit, 1701 — Ottawas and Wyandots settle about Detroit— Later remove to the Maumee — French and Indian War — French displaced by English — Treaty of 1768

Chapter III. Twenty Years’ Occupation by the English — 1768 to 1783 — Pontiac’s War — Pontiac’s Retirement to the Maumee-Angry Interviews with Captain Morris — “The English are Liars" — Interesting Description of the Maumee Country at that early Date by the English Sub-Commissioner, George Croghan — England displaced in Authority by the United States, 1783

Chapter IV. Troubles of the New Government — Indians dispute its right to settle on Lands north of the Ohio— Treaty with the Iroquois, or Six Nations, 1784, at Fort Stanwix, N. Y. — Savage Aggregation of discontented Tribes and Noted Warriors about Detroit — English Traders help to fan the Discontent— United States makes a Second Treaty at Ft. McIntosh, 1785, and a Third at Ft. Finney, 1786 — U. S. Government plants its first Settlement in the Northwest Territory at Marietta, 1788— Rapid Influx of Settlers— Indians still Object — Fourth Treaty, Ft. Harmar, 1789 — Massacre at Big Bottom, 1791 — Defeat of Gen. Harmar — Gen.St. Clair leads a new Army toward the Maumee, and is routed with great Loss — Gen. Anthony Wayne defeats the Tribes on the Maumee, 1794 — Treaty of Greenville, 1795

Chapter V. The Greenville Treaty— Opens the Flood-gates of Immigration — British evacuate all Forts in the United States Territory, including Ft. Miami— Wayne County organized, 1796, with Detroit as County Seat— Wood a Part of Wayne — Ohio Admitted as a State, 1803

Chapter VI. Our Indian Predecessors — Their Numbers — Somewhat of Habits, Customs and Manners, as described by Missionaries and Others among them

Chapter VII. Treaty of Ft. Industry (Toledo now) — Traders attracted to the Maumee— First Survey, 1805 — Major Amos Spafford, Wood County’s first Permanent Settler — Pioneer Civil Officer in Maumee Country— Treaties of Detroit and Brownstown

Chapter VIII. War of 1812 — Arrival of Gen. Hull’s Army at Maumee Rapids — Hull’s “Trace” — Surrender at Detroit — The pioneer Maumee Settlement abandoned to the Savages

Chapter IX. War of 1812 as far as Concerns Wood County — Gen. Harrison's Campaign — Gen. Proctor’s Advance — First Siege of Fort Meigs — Dudley’s Defeat

Chapter X. War of 1812 Continued — Second Siege of Fort Meigs — Capt. Oliver’s Perilous Mission — Gen. Clay in Command — Thrilling Incidents — Tecumseh and Proctor — Battle of the Thames — Memoir of Tecumseh

Chapter XI. From the Close of the War of 1812-15 to the Organization of Wood County — For whom the County was Named — First Election, First Meeting of Commissioners, and First Courts — A General Retrospect of the Conditions Existing at that time — Population, Etc

Chapter XII. Transactions of the Commissioners— Change of Officers — Entries in the Pioneer Record Book — Tax Levies Establishment of new Townships — Early Court Houses — The "Ten-years' War” — -Question of Removing the County Seat from Perrysburg to Bowling Green — Sundry Indictments, Etc

Chapter XIII. County Buildings — First Court House and Jail at Perrysburg— Second Court House at Perrysburg — Third Court House, Erected at Bowling Green — The Present Court House at Bowling Green — Jails — Infirmary.

Chapter XIV. Bench and Bar — Courts held at Maumee, Perrysburg and Bowling Green — Early Trials, Judges and Jurors —Court Incidents and Notorious Trials — Changes of Officers— Judicial Districts — Judges of Common Pleas — Probate Judges— Prosecutors — Transactions of Supreme Court — United States District Court — Justices’ Courts — Members of old and new Bars

Chapter XV. Political Status of Wood County — The Toledo War — Incidents connected therewith — The Whigs at Fort Meigs — Elections in the County up to 1896 — Lists of National, State and County Officials

Chapter XVI. The Press of Wood County — Pioneer Journalism — Newspapers of Perrysburg, Bowling Green, North Baltimore, Weston, Pemberville, Grand Rapids, Cygnet, Tontogany, Bradner, and other Localities in the County

Chapter XVII. Pioneer Physicians — Sanitary Conditions of the County between 1816 and 1846 — Reminiscences of old Practitioners— Appearance in the County of later Physicians— The Cholera — Roll of Physicians who settled in the County in recent Years, together with some brief personal Sketches — Maumee Valley Medical Association — Wood County Medical Society — Wood County Physicians’ Associations

Chapter XVIII. Wood County in the War of the Rebellion — First War Meeting— First Companies — Regimental Sketches — Roster of Wood County Soldiers — Local Military Matters — Conclusion

Chapter XIX. Early Missionaries on the Maumee — Various Missions— Names and Dates of Ministers of the Gospel who performed the Marriage Ceremony from 1830 to 1852 — Conclusion

Chapter XX. Early Schools and Teachers in Wood County — School Taxes and Laws — School Examiners— Important Meeting at Perrysburg, 1837— School Improvement Association — Statistics — Teachers’ Institute — Its Officers,Members, Etc

Chapter XXI. Pioneers of Wood County — Maumee Valley Pioneers Association — Maumee Valley Monumental Association — Licensed Traders — Sugar Makers — Wolf Scalps

Chapter XXII. Wood County Agricultural Societies — County Fairs and Fair Grounds— Wood County Horticultural Society — Wool Growers’ Association — Wood County Sheep-Breeders' Association — Western Horse Thief Association — Patrons of Husbandry — County Council Patrons of Husbandry — Wood County Fair Association — Some Annual Fair Statistics— Wood County Fair Company — Farmers' Institute

Chapter XXIII. Indian and Pioneer Trails — Early Roads, Bridges, Etc.— The “Mud Pike’’— Turn-Pikes— Perrysburg and Find- lay Plank Road Company — Ferrymen — Perrysburg Marine — Incidents— Wrecks — Comparisons — Railroads.

Chapter XXIV. Public Lands — Indian Treaties — Land Surveys and Sales in the Western Territory — The “Seven Ranges" — First and later Surveys within what is now Wood County — First Grant made by Congress for Lands lying within present Limits of Wood County — Town of Perrysburg— Public Sale of Lands at Wooster — Sundry Acts of Congress relating to Public Lands — Land Grants— Military Bounty Lands— Canal Lands — Swamp Lands — School Lands— Miscellaneous Grants — Conclusion [By Frank W. Dunn.]

Chapter XXV. Gas and Oil Field — Geology and Phenomena of the Wood County Field — Well Drilling — Various Results — Prof. Orton on Petroleum, Etc. — History of the Industry — Discovery of Gas — Oil Weils — Companies and Syndicates — Pen Sketch of the Oil Business in Wood County, by James O. Troup

Chapter XXVI. Assessments and Census Statistics — Agricultural Products — Statistics of Population — Decennial Census

Chapter XXVII. Bowling Green
Preamble — Settlement and Nomenclature [From the pen of C. W. Evers] — Early Traders — Reminiscences of Mrs. J. A. Shannon — Business Circles, 1866-1876 — Schools— Modern Buildings — Municipal Affairs — Fire Department— Gas Company— An Explosion— Bowling Green's Pioneer Railroad— Churches— Cemeteries —Miscellaneous Societies

Chapter XXVIII. Bloom Township.
Introductory — Topography— Population — Pioneers and First Settlers — The Stray Child — First Land Buyers — Male Residents, 1889 — An old Cemetery — Organization, naming of Township, and first Election — Township Officials — Early Schools — Mills, Etc. — Bloom Township Thirty Years Ago — Villages; Bloomdale — Bairdstown— Cygnet — Jerry City

Chapter XXIX. Center Township.
First White Settler — First Land Entry — Wrested from Savages — Built a Cabin — The first Wagon — The Cox, Phillips and other Pioneer Families and Land Buyers — The End of the World — Random Notes — Survey and Organization — Trails converted into Roads — Geology and Topography — Wild Hogs — Men of 1889-Population, Etc. — Joseph Wade — Opposing a Constable— A Bear Story — The Williams Farm— First Election —Township Officials — Churches — Societies

Chapter XXX. Freedom Township.
How named— Population, Survey, Etc. — First Land Buyers — First Settlement — Early Trails and Roads — Game and Hunters— New Rochester Settlement — An Old Mill— Men of 1889 — Township Organization, and Officials — New Rochester — Woodside — The Rees Settlement — Pemberville Village — Schools— Churches — Cemeteries— Societies — Industries, Etc

Chapter XXXI. Grand Rapids Township.
Its Origin and Nomenclature— Organization and Officials— Early Settlements— The Huckleberry War— The War of 1835— The Cholera— Holiday Accident— Common Schools —Churches; Grand Rapids Village- Early and other Traders, Enterprises, Etc. — Incorporations and Official Lists — Special School District — Miscellaneous Items — Churches, Schools and Societies

Chapter XXXII. Henry Township.
Introduction — Population — Surveys— Organization — Officials— Pioneers— Land Buyers — Voters of 1889 — First Things — Schools— Hunters — Villages — Churches — Oil and Gas - North Baltimore — Its Commencement — New Baltimore — Census Reports — Incorporation, Officials, Etc. — First Things — Schools — Fire Department — The Village of 1874 — Post Office— Banks — Opera House — Electric Light Co. — Gas and Oil Co. — Great Industries — Fires — Board of Trade — Churches — Societies — Conclusion

Chapter XXXIII. Jackson Township.
Population, Growth, Etc. — Pioneers — The Lost Child — A Tragedy— Early Land Buyers — Naming the Township — Organization — Township Officials — Schools — Hoytville — Hamlets — Churches— Societies, Etc

Chapter XXXIV. Lake Township.
Its early History — Population, Etc. — Township Officials — Schools — Millbury — Walbridge — Latchie — Moline — Cummings — Official History — Churches — Societies, Etc

Chapter XXXV. Liberty Township.
Survey — Early Settlers — Population— Topography — Pioneers — Hull's Stockade — Men of 1839— Fever and Ague — The Horse Thieves — Early Land Buyers — Organization — Electors and Officers — Records — Township Officials — Miscellaneous — An Adventure on the Prairie— Schools — Churches— Hamlets — Conclusion

Chapter XXXVI. Middleton Township.
Its Survey and Early History — Men of 1839— The Pioneers— Township Organization — Township Officials —Schools — Cemeteries; Miltonville — Hull Prairie — Dunbridge — Roachton — Dowling— Sugar Ridge — Haskins — Post Offices — Churches — Societies, Etc. — Conclusion

Chapter XXXVII. Milton Township.
Comparative Statistics — Population — First Elections — Township Officials — Pioneer Land Buyers— A Reminiscence— Pioneer Architecture — Hunters — Men of 1839— Names and Incidents — First White Child — Schools; Milton Center — Custar — Officials — Schools — Churches — Societies, Etc

Chapter XXXVIII. Montgomery Township.
Preamble — Oil and Oil Wells — Survey— Establishment of Township— Transactions — Township Officials — Pioneers — First Resident Land Buyers — Men of 1839 — Early Postal Facilities — The Morgan School — First Orchard — Royalton — Township Churches — Common Schools — Log-Mill — Other Mills; Freeport, or Prairie Depot — Bradner — Risingsun — Village Governments— Pioneers— Surveys — Mills — Schools — Churches — Cemeteries— Societies, Etc

Chapter XXXIX. Perry Township.
Survey — Population — Topography — A Pioneer Weather Bureau — Organization — Early Officers — Township Officials — First Law-suit — Pioneers— Early Land Buyers— Early Mills— Men of 1839— Counterfeiters— The Stone House — Schools — Churches; West Millgrove — Hatton, Fostoria and Longley — Surveys — Village Histories — Post Offices — Village Officers — Traders, Etc. — Churches, Schools, Cemeteries — Societies, Etc

Chapter XL. Perrysburg Township.
Establishment of the Township — Its Early History — Justices of Waynesfield — Perrysburg Township — Officials — Pioneer Reminiscences — Mrs. Amelia W. Perrin’s Story — Mrs. Hester Green's Story — Reminiscences of Mrs. Philothe Clark — Some Account of a French Colony from the Maumee — Men of 1839— The Old and New Hamlets — Schools — Old Reminders

Perrysburg Village— Its Days of Infancy, Survey, Naming, Etc.— Pioneers of the Village — Prices of Goods, and Labor — The Settlement in 1827 — Post Office — Exchange Hotel — The Underground Railroad — First Execution- German Pioneers — Traders of 1840— Miscellaneous Items — Municipal Affairs— Fire Department and Fires — Cemeteries — Cholera Victims — Common Schools — The Way Library — Churches— Societies—Conclusion

Chapter XLI. Plain Township.
Survey, Population, Etc. — Topography — Early History— Pioneers — First Land Buyers— Pioneer Schools and Scholars — Modern Schools — Establishment of Township — Township Officials— Nitro-Glycerine Explosion —Churches— Conclusion

Chapter XLII. Portage Township.
Population — Township Organization — Records — Township Officials— Schools — Pioneers — Land Buyers — Villages; Portage Village — Its History — Schools— Incorporation— Officials — Churches — Societies

Chapter XLIII. Ross Township.
Introductory — Census, Survey, Etc. — Township Organization — Township Officials — Pioneers — Early Land Buyers — Pioneer Times — Schools— Conclusion

Chapter XLIV. Troy Township.
Survey and Early Settlement — Population — Organization — Township Officials — Schools — First Land Buyers — The Western Reserve Road— Men of 1839 — The Cholera — Landmarks — Churches — Stony Ridge — Lemoyne— Luckey — Webb— Conclusion

Chapter XLV. Washington Township.
Surveys, Population, Establishment, and Boundaries— Township Officials, Etc. — Pioneers — First Murder — A False Alarm — A Sweet Speculation — Early Schools — Board of Education— Otsego— Benton — Germany — Tontogany Village — Municipal Elections, and Officials— Post Office— Trade and Traders — Churches — Societies.

Chapter XLVI. Webster Township.
Survey — Population — Growth— Establishment of Township — Organization— Township Officials — Tax Levies — Schools — Early Land Buyers — Fenton’s Reminiscences — Cemeteries — Fenton — Ten Mile House— Scotch Ridge

Chapter XLVII. Weston Township.
Preamble — Population — Surveyor — Organization and Officials — List of Pioneers— Early Schools — First Ditch— A Curious Record — Pioneer Road— Churches

Weston Village — Its Growth, Industries, Etc.— Settlements [from Dr. Spencer’s Sketch of Early Settlement] — Corporation and Officials — Post Office— Schools — Churches — The Western Gas Co. — Banks — Fires — Societies, Associations, Opera House, Etc

Map of Wood County
Map of Ohio, 1805
Plan Illustrating the Battles of the Maumee
Map of Fort Meigs and its Environs
Biographical Sketches


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